Selasa, 11 April 2017

[Book Review] The Heroes of Olympus #5: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Blood of Olympus The Heroes of Olympus #5: Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: 2014
E-book, English edition, 516 pages

Blurb:
Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Review:
Cerita sudah mendekati akhir. High-tension di buku sebelumnya mulai menipis. Bahkan guyonan Leo dan komentar aneh Percy bisa mulai bikin ngikik. Jason pun ternyata juga bisa ngelawak. Tapi suasana mulai serius dan kompleks.

Sabtu, 25 Maret 2017

[Book Review] The Heroes of Olympus #4: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

The House of Hades The Heroes of Olympus #4: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: 2013
E-book, English edition, 597 pages

Blurb:
At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

Review:
Yak, mari lanjut lagi maratonnya setelah rehat beberapa hari karena harus fokus ke ujian. Hahaa.. lumayan lah, jadi merasa segar lagi. Tapi tema buku keempat petualangan ketujuh demigod dan kawan-kawannya ini agak lebih berat dari buku-buku sebelumnya.

Rabu, 08 Maret 2017

[Book Review] The Heroes of Olympus #3: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena The Heroes of Olympus #3: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: 2012
E-book, English edition, 586 pages

Blurb:
Annabeth returns in the third installment of the biggest series yet from Rick Riordan, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land--Greece itself--to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery...

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

Review:
Oh wow. Ini bacaan panjang yang seru. Ramalan tentang tujuh demigod sedang berlangsung. Ketujuhnya akhirnya berkumpul untuk melaksanakan quest yang berbahaya. Cerita ini masih menggunakan multiple pov, dengan tokoh Annabeth, Leo, Piper, dan Percy yang masing-masing mengambil empat bab berurutan.

Jumat, 03 Maret 2017

[Book Review] The Heroes of Olympus #2: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Son of Neptune The Heroes of Olympus #2: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: 2011
E-book, English edition, 521 pages

Blurb:
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, 
To storm or fire the world must fall. 
An oath to keep with a final breath, 
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

Review:
Sekuel ini sama panjangnya dengan buku pertamanya. Setting waktunya bersamaan dengan The Lost Hero, tapi menceritakan tokoh yang berbeda. Sama seperti buku sebelumnya juga, buku ini menggunakan sudut pandang orang ketiga dan multiple pov. Tokohnya adalah Percy, Hazel, dan Frank. Yeah, there’s Percy! [Aku kangen Percy! Woohoooo! *abaikan*] Bedanya, masing-masing mendapatkan empat bab berurutan.

Kamis, 02 Maret 2017

[Book Review] The Heroes of Olympus #1: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero The Heroes of Olympus #1: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: 2010
E-book, English edition, 557 pages

Blurb:
Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason's amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

Review:
Setelah membaca seri Percy Jackson and The Olympians, aku jadi terkena book-hangover yang cukup lumayan. Jadi kepingin baca karya Pak Rick tentang para demigod lagi. Maka, aku mulai membaca seri ini, dengan kesadaran penuh bahwa tiap akhir bukunya akan membuat pembaca penasaran abis. Karena itulah, buku ini kukumpulkan dulu sebelum kubaca. Hehehee...

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